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NATO chief makes surprise visit to Afghanistan

IANS  |  Kabul 

NATO arrived in on Tuesday on a surprise visit for a meeting with Ghani and other top officials.

arrived in the country, accompanied by Sir Stuart Peach and the of Curtis Scaparrotti, the NATO mission in said in a statement.

"During his visit, the will meet Ghani, Abdullah Abdullah, other Afghan ministers and senior officials, as well as with representatives of the Afghan civil society," said the statement cited by news.

was also expected to meet the Resolute Support General

Stoltenberg's arrival came ahead of a round of international consultations on the Afghan conflict, organized by on Friday.

The meeting was set to be attended by a delegation along with deputy foreign ministers and special envoys from China, India, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan, besides the US.

The High Peace Council, set up by the government to represent it in possible peace negotiations with the Taliban, will also be present at the meeting, although will not be sending an official delegation.

Afghanistan is witnessing a period of great violence since the withdrawal of the NATO's military mission on January 1, 2015, which, however, continues to be present in the country to train Afghan forces.

--IANS

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First Published: Tue, November 06 2018. 15:02 IST
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